A federal judge ruled Friday that the government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and younger. In his ruling, he also accused the federal government of “bad faith” in dealing with the requests to make the pill universally available, and said its actions had been politically motivated. [New York Times]
LEGAL. FINALLY. President Obama choosing politics over science on Plan B has finally been undone. That HHS Secretary Sebelius backed Obama’s decision has been shown for the feckless leadership it was today.
The Family Research Council, in response, decided to lie to people: “This ruling places the health of young girls at risk…” There is nothing in the science that supports this fallacious statement, which is based on ideological fervor targeting “young girls,” as if they are stupid.
From the Times:
Scientists, including those at the F.D.A., have been recommending unrestricted access for years, as have major medical groups, including the American Medical Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics. They contend that the restrictions effectively keep many adolescents and younger teenagers from being able to use a safe drug in a timely way to prevent pregnancy, which carries greater safety risks than the morning-after pill.
In 2011, the F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, issued a statement saying that after rigorous study, it was safe to sell Plan B One-Step over the counter for all ages. But she was overruled by Ms. Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary, the first time such a public countermanding had ever occurred.
What this means for younger women is huge.
Under a Democratic administration, Plan B should have been made available the instant scientific data proved in was safe, which was literally years ago.